The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has launched an initiative to test and implement a set of core performance measures for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services.
The five candidate measures address the following quality-related dimensions of in-patient psychiatric care:
When Amnet Inc. took over the information technology contract at Mitsui Advanced Media-America, the office of 40 ran on eight different servers, some of which couldn’t communicate with each other.
The company’s software and hardware was “antiquated,” said Amnet owner Trevor Dierdorff, and it was using a variety of operating systems, including Unix and Novell.
Following a review by the American College of Surgeons, the Colorado Department of Health State Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council has unanimously voted to re-designate Memorial Health System’s Level II Trauma Center without deficiency.
Memorial’s Level II trauma designation reflects the center’s comprehensive care for complex and severe trauma patients under the direction of on-site trauma surgeons, emergency physicians and nurses who direct patient care and initiate resuscitation and stabilization interventions.
“The Bonzi Buddy is this purple monkey, sort of like the Microsoft ‘Clippy,’ that you use to surf the Internet. It reads things to you, sings – all using Microsoft narration. It’s actually spyware, and can collect personal information.”
-Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet Inc.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is seeking artists for a juried show which will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31.
“As an artistically rich community, Penrose knows that there is a legion of local artists whose works would add great character, and perhaps even healing properties, to the new hospital,” according to a news release.
Health Savings Accounts and small group pools remain the top ways to reduce costs for the nation’s smallest employers, says the National Association of the Self Employed.
“It looks pretty bleak,” said Christie Darrien, executive director of the association, which represents 250,000 member businesses nationwide. “But there are things that small business owners and the self-employed can do. It’s very important that micro-business owners in particular have health insurance. A single medical emergency can bankrupt their business.”
Many energy analysts are looking at the trees — security problems in Nigeria, nationalism in Venezuela, dismantling major oil companies in Russia, problems getting production increased in Iraq and the status of Iran — and missing the forest.
Richard Nehring of NRG Associates, says experts should be focusing on the amount of oil estimated to remain, and how much time remains before alternative sources need to be in place.
The Colorado Springs Chapter of Women on Wheels, the Mountain Shadow Riders, will host a motorcycle blood run Aug. 12 at the Memorial Health System administration center.
The run starts at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of Perkins Restaurant, 6005 Constitution Ave.
“As motorcyclists, we ride free with the wind in our hair, but that freedom comes at a price. We are more at risk of injuries when we are out on the road,” said a news release from the group. “If we make contact with a cage (motorized 4-wheel vehicle) or the asphalt, it’s pretty easy to assume that we will be hurt more seriously than the driver of the cage.”
With a simple device that fits onto heating ducts, a Colorado Springs company has created a method of protecting businesses from biological and chemical weapons, as well as from other environmental hazards.
Directed Energy Solutions received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to finish work on the prototype that will kill all bacteria and viruses in the air.
“The thing that is unique about health care is that, as a
society, we’ve said it is a right. But society hasn’t stepped up and accepted responsibility for that right.”